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Day: March 6, 2018

Brexit deal could come apart at last minute
Featured, United Kingdom

Brexit deal could come apart at last minute

    The Government will keep spending money on contingency plans for a no deal Brexit until shortly before the planned withdrawal date of March 29 2019, in case a proposed transition deal falls through, David Davis has said. Even if political agreement on the transition is reached at this month’s European Council summit, Mr Davis said that preparations for a no-deal outcome must continue until the plan is formally ratified probably in the final weeks of this year. His comment appears to put him at odds with Chancellor Philip Hammond, who told the Commons European Scrutiny Committee on Monday he expected to be able to stand down preparations for a no deal Brexit once the transition deal is agreed. Crashing out without a deal in March 2019 would probably require signific...
Putin could be the richest person on the planet
Europe, Featured

Putin could be the richest person on the planet

      Vladimir Putin very well may be the richest man in the world. But it's impossible to say for sure. According to the Kremlin, the Russian president earns around $133,000 (£96k) a year and lives in a small apartment. • Vladimir Putin may be the wealthiest man in the world. • Forbes won't even estimate his net worth, because it can't verify his financial assets, Newsweek reported. • The Russian president does indulge in some displays of immense wealth, however. • Putin is reported to own luxury watches, a fleet of yachts, and multiple expensive properties, including a $1 billion palace. • American financier Bill Browder estimated that Putin had "accumulated $200 billion (£144bn) of ill-gotten gains," according to the Atlantic. That description doesn't ji...
Theresa May only has two Brexit options left: Capitulation to the EU or a second referendum
Featured, United Kingdom

Theresa May only has two Brexit options left: Capitulation to the EU or a second referendum

    Theresa May is heading toward an inevitable capitulation with the EU and a soft Brexit that would keep Britain inside the European customs union, according to Pantheon Macroeconomics analyst Samuel Tombs. The prime minister has no choice, Tombs believes, because she cannot get any other type of deal through parliament, and because the EU has a stronger negotiating position than Britain. Staying inside the customs union is also the only way to solve the problem of the border between Ireland and Northern Ireland, Tombs wrote in a note to clients last week. On Friday, May repeated that she believes the UK must leave the EU's borderless custom union. She is being pushed by the right-wing of her party to extract Britain from the EU's single market, its customs rules, an...
French couple banned from calling baby girl Liam over gender confusion fears
Europe, Featured

French couple banned from calling baby girl Liam over gender confusion fears

    A French couple have been reported to the courts for deciding to name their baby girl Liam. In many Western countries unisex names are on the rise with monikers like Alex, Bailey, River and Charlie used for both boys and girls. But when an unnamed couple tried to give their third child, who was born in November, a traditionally male name, French prosecutors intervened. This, they say, is because it “would be likely to create a risk of gender confusion” and “therefore contrary to the interest of the child and could harm her in her social relations”, The Local reports. As a result, the prosecutor has asked the courts to ban the parents from using the name Liam and force them to give the child another name chosen by the parents and, failing that, by the judge. To su...
Russian transport plane crashes in Syria killing all 32 on board
Arab world, Featured

Russian transport plane crashes in Syria killing all 32 on board

    A Russian transport plane crashed in Syria on Tuesday, killing all 32 people on board, Russian news agencies cited the Russian Defence Ministry as saying. The ministry was cited as saying that the plane crashed at Russia’s Hmeymim air base in Latakia Province and that initial information suggested the crash may have been caused by a technical fault. It was quoted as saying that 26 passengers and six crew members were on board.